Images (L-R): Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Grege (Top Swatches), Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow in Attitude (Bottom Swatches)
Dior 5 Couleurs Eye Shadow Palette in Grege 734
PRICE DETAILS: $59 (sephora.com)
Shades (Swatches L-R): Cream Shimmer, Light Brown Shimmer, Light Taupe Sheen, Plum Brown Sheen, Gunmetal Grey Shimmer
the REVIEW: Dior has a strong reputation for being one of the best shadows and for good reason. The texture is by far, one of the smoothest and the color payoff is reliable and consistent. Shades were very easy to blend and the look lasted throughout a typical day without fading or creasing.
Personally, I really like the Grege 734 palette – although I will not be using the cream shimmer on my brow bone. Normally, I would wear a lot more liner that what is pictured – but I didn’t want to distract from the shadow. The colors very neutral with just a touch of warmth to make them look more natural and the only real issue I had was with the overly frosted cream shade and wished the darker shades were just a touch richer.
While a nice palette overall and with no regrets with my purchase – I’m not sure it warrants a $60 price tag…even with the pretty Dior packaging.
the FINAL RATING: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆(7/10)
Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow in Attitude
PRICE DETAILS: $7.49 (drugstore.com)
SHADES (Swatches L-R): Pale Shell Matte, Pale Taupe Frost, Warm Brown Matte, Charcoal Brown Matte
the REVIEW: Drugstore eye shadows are often lacking in overall texture and pigmentation – and ultimately are tossed into the Cosmetic Wasteland bin along with dozens of other makeup disappointments. While the Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow in Attitude did not make me want to tap dance, the results ended up being a lovely surprise.
Texture wise, the shadows were a touch grainy and the the color payoff needed a tiny bit of effort. This is where the luxury products flourish. However, the finished look was decidedly better since the shades were more matte and a bit darker. The look lasted all day without fading (about 10 hours – I’m sure it could go longer), creasing or smudging. I’m not sure how the brighter shades are (I’ll be sure to test one out) – but there are several basic natural choices in the line and are a solid drugstore purchase.
the FINAL RATING: ★★★★★★★★☆☆(8/10)
the VERDICT: Drugstore wins. In a blind test – I asked my Mom and husband which look they liked best and they both picked the Revlon side. When I told my husband how much the Dior shadow costs he almost fell out of his chair and said he liked the drugstore side even more.
Since I have literally dozens of neutral shadows – I can’t say either of these are my favorites (I like Nars, Shu Uemura and Burberry), but they are both great basics and will get used regularly.